2023 Finalists: Peter Jones, Tim Robinson, Ben & Tereza Byrne of The Landing – Viticulture
As well as producing an award-winning tipple, the team at The Landing Wines Company see themselves as caretakers of this culturally significant land.
Rolling hillside at Purerua Peninsula is home to the 400ha property, with 13ha used for the vineyard. Wetlands, regenerated bush, housing and leased grazing make up the balance.
The vineyard was first planted in 2007, while the wider development has been owned by its current owners – the Cooper family – since 2000.
The area has a 200-year European history, however people have been living on the land for much longer than that. Today, the owners have an ongoing relationship with the people of Ngāti Torehina who have occupied the peninsula for centuries.
For two decades, areas of ecological and historical importance have been protected – turning back the clock on years of intensive clearing and farming.
More than one million trees have been planted, while existing native flora and fauna are protected and nurtured. Extensive wetlands have been established, creating safe habitats for wildlife, particularly kiwi.
An on-site nursery has been operating for the past 15 years, enabling the business to maintain a steady programme of planting. All plant material is recycled, with waste audits carried out to identify areas of improvement.
A farm environment plan is in place, and extensive fencing ensures waterways are protected. Erosion-prone land has been retired, and stock exclusion zones created. Regular monitoring of soil nutrients and moisture ensure that nutrients are applied strategically.
While the team blends the past into its everyday operation, it also has a firm focus on the future, including when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. The Landing is Toitū Carbon Zero certified and many initiatives are underway to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration on the property.
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